The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition goes on sale this fall, sharing the F-150’s aluminum body structure with an updated steel frame and powertrain.
The first all-new Expedition in decades, it’s an important new vehicle for Ford as like the last one will likely be with us for another decade plus as it evolves through its product lifetime.
Retaining its fully independent suspension, the 2018 Ford Expedition will launch with the same next-generation 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission found in the new F-150.
It brings more power and fuel economy than before with several tweaks including both port and direct fuel injection. Though specs haven’t been released, it’s expected to have somewhere between 370 and 380 with torque at or about 470 pound-feet.
Like the F-150 the engine will get standard engine auto start-stop as well as an available electronic limited-slip differential on models with Intelligent 4WD.
All in, the 2018 Ford Expedition is expected to reign in the class for top towing capability when final specs are released later this year closer to when it goes on sale this fall.
The interior may look familiar as this time around Ford chose to stick closer to the F-150 for basic design layout. Seating and trims will differ and notable is a dial gear selector on the center console instead of the column shift we see in most trucks.
As before, the 2018 Ford Expedition will be available in two wheelbases, the standard size and the longer Expedition MAX to compete head-to-head with the Chevrolet Suburban.
The new 2018 Ford Expedition will seat up to eight passengers with a new sliding second-row seat that tips and slides for easy access to the third row.
As always you can fold the seats down for a flat cargo deck. They claim the cargo space is large enough for a 4×8 sheet of plywood with the rear gate closed with the long wheelbase Expedition MAX.
No longer letting GM have the broadband flag, the 2018 Ford Expedition will be available with a Wi-Fi hotspot that can handle up to 10 devices at once up to 50 feet away. A new dual screen rear seat theater system can tie into that Wi-Fi for streaming video from your home cable accounts.
A truckload of tech will be available as expected including all the latest in driver-assistance aids and parking assist. These include adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, lane-keeping aid, and collision avoidance braking capabilities just to name a few.
The electric knob turning Pro-Trailer Backup system made famous in the F-150 will also be available in the Expedition.
Soon will be unveiled the Lincoln Navigator version of it, likely in a couple weeks at the New York Auto Show, sharing much of the greenhouse sheet metal much like before but with unique bodywork from the belt line down.
When the Lincoln Navigator version comes it’s expected to have a bump to about 400 horsepower to be just above, a slightly higher tow rating and an entirely unique interior design.